Tag Archive for 4th of July

best dill pickle potato salad

I have recently discovered that oven roasting potatoes yields the best potato salad. I’ve been playing with potato salad recipes and realized that if you cover them while roasting, it’s even better because your potatoes don’t dry out and the salad is even more wonderful the next day. Oven roasting your potatoes adds amazing depth…

creamy mexican street corn salad {elotes}

This is one of those salads I could make all summer long and never get tired of it. It’s slightly sweet corn crunch blends well with the fresh flavors of cilantro and veggies, and I added smoked paprika for a little depth. Some may want to top their salad with fried bacon crumbles and crumbled…

bourbon peach bbq meatballs

Are you ready for an all new, totally amazing appetizer that’s sweet, smoky, spicy, and ridiculously easy to prepare? These little cocktail meatballs are a bit like the grape jelly cocktail meatballs that your grandma makes (well, I make them too, to be completely honest.) But these are pumped up about 100 notches. I add…

grandma’s creamy cucumber macaroni salad

This creamy, dreamy macaroni salad is a combination of the classic, simple macaroni salad and fresh cucumber salad! This is one of those salads you can almost always find at our family gatherings in the summertime. You’re going to love the simple, minimal ingredients and how well it goes with all of your favorite picnic…

spiced peach cobbler

These beautiful peaches were on sale at the local market and I just had to get a bunch to make cobbler. Perfectly ripe and sweet and begging to be made into a decadent, summer dessert. I’ve always been partial to spiced peaches. Like the kind grandma used to make and put up in her pantry.…

grandma’s cucumber salad

“He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sun beams out of cucumbers which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.” ~Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels My grandma has been making this awesome summer salad for as long as I can remember.…

bacon bourbon baked beans

I purchased a 5 quart, Red Wing Pottery bean pot recently and I couldn’t wait to make my first batch of homemade baked beans in it! I had so much fun creating this decadent bean recipe. They’re perfectly sweet, smoky, tangy, bacony, rich and saucy. Feel free to leave out the bourbon at the end…

cherry cheesecake pocket pies

We love these little, portable “pocket” pies for picnics! Just put them in a container that seals well, and place the container in a cooler filled with ice. The sweetened “cheesecake” component of these yummy pies make them a good breakfast or brunch offering too. They sort of remind me of a cross between a…

not your father’s root beer float {cocktail}

We recently discovered this amazing, “boozy” root beer called Not Your Father’s Root Beer. It is SO good! I immediately knew I had to get some and make giant root beer floats with it. I must say, that was a good call. Cheers, Lovelies! I think you’re going to love this summer cocktail! for one…

blueberry fizz vodka lemonade

While Jeff was mowing the lawn, Grace and I decided it would be fun to head outside and lounge on the deck. I sat at the umbrella table and started reading this amazing book that my friend lent to me. It’s set in northern Minnesota in various areas that are familiar to me. I always…